Twin Cities Independence Day & 4th of July Events

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Do you have a Independence Day Go-To Plan? Or do you like to switch things up each year? Since I didn’t grow up here, I like to check out different festivals each year.

We’ve collected several ideas for celebrating Independence Day as a family. If you know of an event — free or paid — that you’d like to see added, please drop us a line via our contact form. Thanks!

Free Twin Cities Independence Day Activities

6/30/17: Shakopee Happy Birthday America Parade | Lions Park | 10:30am | Popsicles and entertainment to follow.

6/30-7/4: Delano 4th of July Celebration | 559 North River Street | Minnesota’s oldest and largest Fourth of July celebration, includes parade, carnival and fireworks.

7/1-4: Apple Valley Freedom Days | Johnny Cake Park East | Carnival begins 7/1 followed by Music in the Park 7/2, Family Fun Night 7/3 & parade and fireworks 7/4.

7/2-4: Coon Rapids 4th of July | Boulevard Park | Parade, carnival and fireworks

7/2-4: Chanhassen’s 4th of July Celebration | City Center Park | Parade, carnival and fireworks

7/2-4: Richfield 4th of July Celebration | Veterans Memorial Park | Community and family focused events that offer something for everyone — Family Night, car show, street dance, parade, music, and fireworks.

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7/3/17: Bloomington Summer Fete | Normandale Lake Park | 5-10 pm | Carnival, live music and fireworks at dusk.

7/3-4: Eagan July 4th Funfest | Eagan Community Center festival grounds | 10 am- midnight | Parade, carnival, music and fireworks (carnival begins 7/3).

7/4/17: Afton 4th of July Parade and Celebration | Main Street | Noon | Parade, carnival, music in the park, free trolley rides & Selma’s Ice Cream Bike Contest 7/3-7/4.

7/4/17: Eden Prairie 4th of July Hometown Celebration | Round Lake Park | 7:30am-11pm | Inflatables, chalk art, kids beach party, carnival, live music and fireworks.

7/4/18: Edina 4th of July Parade | Edina City Hall | 10am | John Phillip Sousa Memorial Band concert 8:45 & Fireworks @ Roseland Park, 10pm

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7/4/17: Maplewood Light it Up | Hazelwood Park | 4pm-10pm | Family Fun activity station with Z Puppets, music, inflatables & fireworks.

7/4/17: Minneapolis Red White & Boom | Downtown Riverfront | 6pm-10pm | Music, movie, family events and fireworks at dusk.

7/4/17: Rosefest Party in the Park | Roseville’s Central Park | 1pm-10pm | Carnival activities, inflatable fun, puppet shows, live music all day and fireworks at 10pm.

7/4/17: St. Louis Park July 4th Fireworks Celebration | Aquila Park | 7-11 pm | Concessions, vendors, live music and more! Fireworks 10pm.

7/4/17: Stillwater 4th of July Fireworks | Lowell Park | Music, cannons and fireworks.

7/4/17: Tangletown 4th of July Picnic and Parade | Fuller Park, Mpls | 10am-1:30pm | Parade begins at Washburn High School and ends at Fuller Park – decorate your bikes, strollers to participate; entertainment, games, prizes, and food.

7/4/17: White Bear Lake Fireworks, Flyover and Music | Memorial Beach | 8pm-11pm | Music, T-6 planes flyover and fireworks.

7/4/17: 4th of July at Langford Park | Saint Paul | 11am-4pm | Picnic, parade, fun run, music, pony rides, speeches, volleyball, horseshoes, tennis, games and more!

7/4/17: Cafesjian’s Carousel Free Day | Como Park, Saint Paul | 11am-4pm | Ride the Como Park Carousel for free today.

7/4/17: 4th of July Fireworks and Movie Night | CHS Field, Saint Paul | 6:30pm | A free Fourth of July Celebration. Space Jam will be played on the big screen at 7:30pm, followed by a fireworks display. Please note, due to the nearby airport, fireworks will only be visible from CHS Field.

7/4/18:  Woodbury’s Hometown Celebration | HealthEast Sports Center | 6pm-10pm | Kidzone and food vendors open at 6 p.m., FlashMob! plays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m.

7/4/17:  Rock and Rockets | Mystic Lake Casino, Prior Lake | 5pm-10:30pm | Live music, food trucks and fireworks.

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7/4/18: Farmer’s Fourth of July | Oliver Kelley Farm, Elk River | 10am-5pm | $12/adults; $6/kids over 5 | Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn, visit the spring farm babies, join in 19th-century games such as town ball, sample ice cream and listen to rousing speeches.

7/4/18: Independence Day Celebration | Historic Fort Snelling | 10am-5pm | $12/adults; $6/kids over 5 | Celebrate the early 1800s way – witness a mock battle, hear the roar of cannon salutes, watch military dress parades, enjoy military fife and drum music, enjoy interactive stations, and try your hand at historic games.

7/4/18: Ice Cream Social & Lawn Party | James J. Hill House | 6pm-8pm | $12/adults; $10 Kids| Enjoy root beer floats and lawn games at the James J. Hill House before watching the fireworks. Includes hands-on children’s activities. In the event of rain, visitors can enjoy a film screening indoors.

7/4/17: Independence Day 1889 | The Landing, Shakopee | 10am-5pm | Join a parade, play yard games and churn ice cream. Watch historic baseball and listen to a live brass band.

7/4/18: Fourth of July Fireworks – 2018 is sold out | Mill City Museum, Minneapolis | 10:30 pm • Cost: $35/pp • Enjoy the chance to view the Minneapolis Red, White and Boom Fourth of July fireworks from the museum’s Koch Observation Deck!

The Fourth of July is just a warm-up for all the fun family festivals taking place in the Twin Cities throughout the month. Check out our list of them here!

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.


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